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President – Wayne County Economic Development – Wooster, OH 44691

The President is responsible for planning, organizing, implementing, and directing the economic developmental plans, programs, and services of the Wayne Economic Development Council whose mission is to progressively promote and facilitate business retention and strategic business growth in Wayne County. The President must work at the highest levels of integrity, honesty and openness and must create strong and enduring relationships with key leaders in the Wayne County public and private community.

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Operations Coordinator or Manager – Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership (TSEP)

The Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership (TSEP) is searching for a talented, passionate, organized, get-it-done professional to join our high-impact, high-energy, high-profile organization as an Operations Coordinator or Manager. The salary range is $33,000 to $40,000, depending on experience. Medical insurance, retirement match, bonus and annual salary increases, flex and comp time, cell phone and expense reimbursement, remote day per week if desired, professional development, and private office located in historic downtown Tiffin are some of the benefits.

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Marion Technical College Joins Smart Automation Certification Alliance

(Marion) Marion Technical College is proud to announce that it is joining the Smart Automation Certification Alliance (SACA). This new membership, generously funded by Buckeye Educational Systems, benefits students by helping instructors stay atop of the latest developments in smart manufacturing and allowing Marion Tech the opportunity to award certifications to students.

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TSEP Launches Entrepreneurial Opportunity Clearinghouse

TIFFIN, OHIO –  Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership (TSEP) announced today the launch of the Tiffin-Seneca Entrepreneurial Opportunity Clearinghouse (TSEOC), an online destination for investors, entrepreneurs and others to learn about available franchise, business acquisition, investment and other start-up business opportunities. The website for the clearinghouse can be accessed at tseoc.org.

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Constructing Education Through Collaboration

ARCHBOLD, OHIO – Partnerships are always sought after, and in most cases, necessary for success across all industry and education. In Defiance County a new partnership has taken place to meet an industry need, education need, and human need. The Defiance Dream Center, Defiance City Schools, OhioMeansJobs-Defiance and Paulding Counties, Defiance County Economic Development Office, and Northwest State Community College have come together to provide a high school construction course that will enable seven students to earn valuable skills and a Lean Yellow Belt Certification.

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Tracked Senate Bills – February 2021

Federal News:

New Round of COVID Relief:  House Democrats are drafting a new COVID-19 relief bill modeled after President Biden’s proposed $1.9T in federal response announced in January.  A floor vote in the U.S. House is expected next week (the week of Feb. 22.); Congressional leaders are intending for the final bill to be signed by President Biden in early March.

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DeWine Releases “Investing in Ohio” Budget; More Funding for Broadband, Infrastructure/Site Readiness, Workforce Development & Small Biz Grants

On Monday, February 1, Governor Mike DeWine announced his administration’s executive budget proposal for fiscal years 2022 and 2023. Joined by Lieutenant Governor Jon Husted and Office of Budget and Management Director Kimberly Murnieks, Governor DeWine walked through the highlights of the two year spending plan.

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Tracked House Bills – January 2021

House Bill 6 – Repeal effort to resume in 134th General Assembly: In a Franklin County civil suit by Attorney General Dave Yost, Common Pleas Court Judge Chris Brown on December 21 blocked the collection of $170MM in annual subsidies that had been scheduled to commence this month (January 2021).  Judge Brown noted an “obvious” public harm should the subsidies move forward. He further determined Attorney General Yost established by a preponderance of the evidence a likelihood of eventual success in the case on its merits, given the extent of the criminal allegations and the guilty pleas from two of the criminal defendants.

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Tracked Senate Bills – January 2021

Efforts failed in the 133rd Ohio General Assembly to make a legislative fix of scandal-tainted HB 6, as lawmakers halted legislative work December 18 without acting on any of their pending proposals.  Among the most promising and backed by Ohio House leadership, HB 798 failed to muster the needed votes to advance.

Efforts to repeal HB 6 will continue in the 134th General Assembly, with a Democratic plan announced shortly before the Ohio House’s opening day session.  Senate President Huffman likewise voiced his desire to go line-by-line through the law to determine which provisions need to be repealed or reworked.

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Tracked House Bills – December 2020

Capital Bill in lame duck session: As the 133rd General Assembly winds down its affairs, on Tuesday, December 8, Ohio OBM Director Kimberly Murnieks described a $2.1B state capital budget.

Interestingly, SB 310, originally intended to carry federal COVID-19 allocations through the Ohio General Assembly, has been identified as the vehicle such a fast-tracked capital budget; the capital appropriations would be inserted into SB 310 as the bill sits in conference committee.

Hearings are scheduled for the week of December 14.  Be on the watch for amendments as the measure must be reconciled between the existing House and Senate versions to clear conference committee.

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Events

Customer Service Expert to Speak November 6, courtesy of the I70/75 Development Corporation

The I70/75 Development Corporation is sponsoring a no-charge online presentation by Louis Gravance, open to all economic developers, on November 6th at 11:30am. Mr. Gravance is a customer service guru and former training designer for Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. After almost two decades with Disney, Louie was drafted by Bank of America and ING Financial to help re-think service in the investment industry.